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Red Sox Minor League Roundup: Jose Iglesias ready to return to Pawtucket, Alex Wilson struggles

06.26.12 at 2:06 pm ET
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A very brief look at Monday’s action…

TRIPLE-A PAWTUCKET RED SOX: 6-3 LOSS VS. LOUISVILLE (REDS)

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Ryan Lavarnway went 2-for-4 and drove in a run. He has a seven-game hitting streak that has included five multi-hit games, and he has driven in at least one run in each of his last four games. In June, he leads the International League in average (.412), slugging (.721) and OPS (1.196) and ranks second in OBP (.475)

— For the third straight outing, Alex Wilson allowed two runs. The right-hander gave up three hits (all singles) and one walk while also committing a throwing error that resulted in an unearned run. For the second time in his last three outings, he failed to strike out at least one batter. Prior to this three-appearance stretch, he’d punched out at least one batter in 14 consecutive games.

Jose Iglesias is expected to rejoin Triple-A Pawtucket on Tuesday. He played Friday and Sunday in Lowell and then took Monday as a rest day.

DOUBLE-A PORTLAND SEA DOGS: 7-1 LOSS AT TRENTON (YANKEES)

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Drake Britton dominated early, allowing just one hit and one walk through four shutout innings, before faltering in the fifth and sixth innings. He allowed a run on two hits in the fifth and then permitted a single, homer and three straight walks before getting lifted in the sixth. Ultimately, his line score — five runs (three earned) in 5 2/3 innings with six strikeouts and four walks — suggested something of a struggle. However, the player development perspective (almost always a glass half-full undertaking) on such a performance is typically somewhat different, focusing instead on the four dominant innings, the fact that he had six punchouts (his most since getting to Double-A) and showed legitimate swing-and-miss stuff, with the stadium gun in Trenton suggesting that Britton touched 97 mph.

One aside on Britton — his changeup, once a fringy third pitch — has shown considerable improvement, according to team evaluators. Indeed, there is an increasing sense that it is his second most important pitch because it permits his mid-90s fastball to play up in a fashion that permits it to elicit swings and misses.

Bryce Brentz went 1-for-4 while belting his 10th homer of the year, an opposite-field shot to right. Though he hit just one month in the season’s first month, since May 7, he is tied for third in the Eastern League with nine homers, a span during which he is hitting .342 with a .407 OBP, .595 slugging mark and 1.002 OPS.

— For the first time since his promotion to Double-A, Jackie Bradley Jr. did not reach base. He went 0-for-4.

HIGH-A SALEM RED SOX: 8-0 LOSS AT WINSTON-SALEM (WHITE SOX)

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— Right-hander Miguel Celestino had his worst outing of the year, allowing seven runs on seven hits (including two homers) over just two innings. He’s now permitted 12 earned runs over 5 2/3 innings in his last two starts (19.06 ERA) after forging a 2.53 ERA in his first dozen starts of the year.

Sean Coyle went 1-for-3, and now has hits in six of his last seven games, a stretch during which he is hitting .320 (8-for-25).

SINGLE-A GREENVILLE DRIVE: 4-2 LOSS AT ROME (BRAVES)

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— While Mickey Pena limited the damage to four runs (three earned) in five innings, he did not strike out a batter for the first time this year. Indeed, after punching out 46 in 37 2/3 innings over his first 10 games (11.0 per nine innings), he has just seven punchouts in his last three starts spanning 14 innings (4.5 per nine).

Keury De La Cruz went 0-for-4 with a walk, snapping his 14-game hitting streak.

SHORT-SEASON SINGLE-A LOWELL SPINNERS: 7-1 LOSS AT TRI-CITY (ASTROS)

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Deven Marrero went 3-for-4, improving to 5-for-8 in his two pro games. For the second straight game, he served as designated hitter.

— Outfielder Kendrick Perkins shows the ability to impact a baseball when making contact, but contact has been something of an issue in the early paces of Lowell’s season. He went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts on Monday, and in 29 at-bats, he has 16 hits and eight strikeouts (with just five balls in play resulting in outs).

ROOKIE LEVEL GCL RED SOX: RAINED OUT

DOMINICAN SUMMER LEAGUE RED SOX: 11-5 WIN VS. DSL YANKEES

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— Catcher Alixon Suarez went 4-for-5 with a pair of doubles and his first homer of the year. The 17-year-old Venezuelan is now hitting .324/.460/.485/.945 in 19 games, and he’s 8-for-15 in his last three contests.

— Center fielder Manuel Margot went 1-for-2 with three walks and a pair of steals. He has 11 walks against eight strikeouts in 18 games, and he’s successfully stolen on 12 of 13 attempts.

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